I had the pleasure of cooking for the 2015 Oscar Host at a small dinner party the other night. Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burka were in town promoting Neil's new book.
We made it elegant and simple by using copper; ice buckets, trays, pitchers and bowls (yes, obsessed with copper at the moment) down the baralong with our "barscape" of "rustic" cutting boardsfilled with cheeses and charcuterie gourds, pumpkins and edibles (strawberries with the stems on from Harry's Berries from The Santa Monica 's Farmers market, along with grapes, figs and Persimmons.) A great way to make the bar come to life and look fun.
Jeff who was bar tending seemed to have made "zillions" of spicy margarita's. We went through about 40 limes.(20 guests) Who knew they would be so popular. I do love a spicy margarita.
We also used sprigs of rosemary as part of the place setting from Alix's garden, the hostess, my childhood friend and neighbor. It looked gorgeous!!!
For dinner we made Roasted root vegetables, Grilled miso cilantro Japanese eggplants, Citrus chicken (out of my book) Burrata adorned with golden cherry tomatoes and roasted beets, Roasted butternut squash with crumbled amaretti cookies, fried sage, malton salt, and ground pepper. A kale, spinach and mint salad with cashew cheese and fresh pomegranate seeds, along with my Coco Lopez Soy fresh ginger marinated skirt steak which was getting rave reviews by all. The Steak marinade is a recipe I had actually forgotten about until a month ago when my cousin Terry called me to tell me he was a hit in the hampton's with his skirt steak. "How did you do it?" Well I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers and I found this recipe you faxed me. (I faxed him this marinade recipe in 2005) which is also good on chicken too. It was made up one day with my good friend and fellow chef , Lisa Kurtzman. Lisa and I always have fun creating in the kitchen especially after a few Sneeky's. You cannot go wrong with this marinade.
Lisa & Lulu's Luscious Skirt Steak Recipe
Equal amount of coco lopes to soy (3/4th cup)
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
a squeeze of a medium size lemon
2 heaping tablespoons of fresh minced ginger
2 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic
mix ingredients all together
marinate skirt steak for 4 hours. the longer the better. The flavors are incredible.
PS latest obsessions:
Classic leopard loafers I have even been wearing with my fav gap camouflage pants from 3 years ago -who cares (it some how all goes together)
along with this coat which to me is classic, chic and can throw over any "outfit" like my pajamas as I did in CT (running out to Starbucks as Patty P ran out of coffee) I felt like I was ready for the day with my fav cheap sunglasses an overcoat and styling shoes……….
#nph #copper #dinnerparty #luluontheroad #ontheroadwithlulu